Update on Progress with the Bankable Feasibility Study
COB maintains its desire to finalise the BFS in as short a period as possible, with a view to making a final investment decision by mid-2020. Wood concluded that the pre-BFS work, completion of flowsheet development, additional bulk scale testwork, demonstration operations and BFS will take about 24 months to complete. COB is examining, via internal studies, a number of alternative processing pathways to cash flow through the production of different cobalt endproducts. One of these internal studies involves a simple cobalt concentrate, a study that can be delivered by mid-2019 to the TJV. Depending on which alternative is accepted, the timing of delivery of the BFS under the terms of the TJV agreement may differ from the 30 June 2019 date originally anticipated and as set out as a Stage 3 earning point under the TJV agreement.
Wood indicated in its report that it is quite common in the minerals industry, particularly where complex operations are concerned, for there to be an extended development and testwork phase prior to the BFS, and identified areas in which it recommended this additional pre-BFS work and studies be undertaken. COB will continue to update the market on progress with the BFS.
About Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited
Cobalt Blue Holdings Ltd (ASX:COB) is an exploration company focussed on green energy technology and a strategy of fast-tracking development of the Thackaringa Cobalt Project in New South Wales to achieve commercial production of cobalt. This strategic metal is in strong demand for new generation batteries, particularly lithium-ion batteries now widely used in clean energy systems.
COB has entered into a farm-in joint venture agreement with Broken Hill Prospecting Limited (“BPL”) in which COB seeks to acquire an initial 51% interest in the Thackaringa Cobalt Project. COB will undertake exploration and development programs on the Thackaringa Cobalt Project and, subject to the achievement of milestones, will acquire 100% of the Thackaringa Cobalt Project.
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